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"Put The Needle On Tribeca WFMU with Conspiracy Of Beards + Benjamen Walker" live from the Jack Hanley Gallery
Friday, April 27th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this second of three in a row, live remote WFMU broadcasts from Lower Manhattan, Billy Jam will set up the New Jersey radio station's remote broadcast unit out of NYC's TriBeCa district Jack Hanley Gallery where he will both pay tribute to the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival with guest co-host Benjamen Walker (WFMU's "Too Much Information"), and produce a performance by San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards. This will the the third time the visiting West Coast 36 member, all male, vocal ensemble, whose repertoire consists of all acapella interpretations of Leonard Cohen songs - will perform live on WFMU. Open to the public, this one hour show will take place at 7pm out of the Jack Hanley Gallery, located at 136 Watts Street in TriBeCa on Friday April 27th on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.

Friday, April 27th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

New York's Occultation are a metal band that nearly defy comparison. Baroque, otherworldly guitar and bass dance melodically over shifting time signatures, underpinning dissonant, eerie, male and female vocals; the overall effect evoking a haunted fortress, one hidden somewhere just above the clouds. With one foot in the post-psychedelic '70s, try to imagine Mortuary Drape in a collision with The Art Bears, if you will—if you can! The band were invited to My Castle of Quiet on the strength of a video shot by Beware of The Blog contributor (((unARTig))), as well as their 3-song CDr demo, Somber Dawn, which received heavy airplay on the show. Occultation now bring us their live set, in-person and in real time, on MCoQ. Their debut album, Three & Seven, is coming very soon.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Chicago 4-piece Disappears play trance-inducing rock music that draws on a range of influences from kraut to shoegaze to primordial punk. Founded in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Brian Case (90 Day Men, The Ponys), they've just released their third LP in as many years for the hometown Kranky label. Pre Language features new drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucif**s), who joins original members Jonathan Van Herik and Damon Carruesco for this live session. Disappears are in the midst of a tour that includes 4/19 at Brooklyn's Glasslands and 4/20 at Philly's Johnny Brendas—more tourdates here.

Raw Nerve + Chaos in Tejas Preview (Deed Runlea fills in)
Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Chicago's Raw Nerve gasp their final breaths as they deliver a set of complete chaos and fury live in the WFMU studios. Recorded Easter Sunday the day of their last NYC show and one week before the band calls it quits, our listeners get to posthumously relive the magic one last time after their final performance on April 14 in Chicago with SQRM, Vile Gash, Manipulation, and Culo. This set spans their recorded output on the cult favorite Youth Attack Records, and captures Raw Nerve as one of the most brutally intense live hardcore bands of recent years. Dark, disorienting, violent, ugly, and ripping fast hardcore for the bold and adventurous listener. "Don't cry for me, I'm already dead." -Barney Gumble.

Later, we speak with Timmy Hefner, curator of the mighty Chaos In Tejas festival. In its eight year, this annual punk fest held in Austin TX hosts some of the most exiting names in underground music from all over the country and world. Performing this year are bands like Sham 69, Moss Icon, Nasum, The Clean, Saint Vitus, Dropdead, Midnight, Iceage, Ted Leo, Ringworm, The Mob, Toys That Kill, No Age, Screaming Females, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and Big Freedia, as well as too many solid American DIY hardcore acts to list. We hear about the history and current state of Chaos, the DIY punk scene in Austin, and what Timmy carries in his punk pouch, as well as a mixtape of acts from this year. May 31 through June 2, 2012 Austin.

Terry Malts
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
As far as we know, Terry Malts haven't co-opted the old "Blondie Is A Group" tag line/rallying cry, but they might want to consider it. The Bay Area three-piece -- which includes no one named "Terry" OR "Malts" -- bring their distortion-filled punky pop to WFMU as they hit the east coast in support of their fine new full-length, Killing Time (Slumberland). If you enjoy simple catchy punk rock songs a la Buzzcocks or Ramones, covered with a nice fuzzy blanket of... well, fuzz, then tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies Show on Wednesday night, April 25th, to hear Terry Malts play live! And see them in person on Friday April 20 at Mercury Lounge and Saturday April 21 at Glasslands Gallery!

Poet Jim Behrle
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
"Poetry occupies a cultural space in Contemporary American Society somewhere between Tap Dancing and Ventriloquism," says Thunk Tank Poet Laureate Jim Behrle. The Brainiacs wind up their salute to National Poetry Month with a live on-air interview with Behrle, as he discusses the state of American poetry. How fancy is that?!

THUNK TANK! (haiku)
I listened to it.
What are you supposed to think
Of a show like that?

April is National Poetry Month, and Thunk Tank will be celebrating all month long with special weekly features and guests!

What's the Matter With Florida?
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Florida's been in the news lately and it got Chris T. thinking about how he's never had a good time in the Sunshine State. What about you? Call 201-209-9368.

Los Vigilantes and the Paint Fumes
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Jersey City may not survive this double dose of crazy rock and roll. First, the juvenile delinquent garagepunk sounds en espanol of San Juan, Puerto Rico's Los Vigilantes. Next, out of Charlotte, North Carolina we have the Paint Fumes, whose dizzying punk rock mix will leave you gasping for air.

Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live Concerts and Demos from Beyond the Beyond
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony as he kicks off his new biweekly series devoted to unreleased concert recordings and demos. This week: Early demos and a complete 1976 concert from Virginia/Washington, D.C. proggers Happy the Man. Warning: This show will not be archived and will contain the gentle hissing of tapes.

Hockey Songs
Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
In honour of the NHL Playoffs Nardwuar and Vancouver Record Collector/DJ Ed Lasko spin some Hockey Tunes! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Bill Griffith
Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Legendary cartoonist Bill Griffith will join Benjamen Walker in the studio for a LIVE one hour conversation about Zippy the Pinhead and his work in Underground comix - much of which is featured in his new book "Lost and Found". PLUS they will take listener calls.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Queens sextet Charanams adroitly blends South India's carnatic classical music and instrumentation with jazz improv and other influences. Led by gifted mother-and-daughter team Nivedita and Sam ShivRaj, Charanams won WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs last year. We won't make the band do battle at WFMU, but Charanams' Studio B engagement does kick off an ambitious spring campaign, which continues with assaults on Drom in the East Village on May 4 and LIC Bar in Long Island City on May 7.

Tronics and Literature
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Tronics are a DIY lo-fi post-punk band originally active from 1979-84. The band released the legendary "Love Backed by Force" LP and a number of EPs for labels including Creation Records. What's Your Rupture Records has reissued "Love Backed by Force" and the "Shark F*cks" 7" and band leader Zarjaz will perform the songs of Tronics and his project Freakapuss!

We will also have the amazing band Literature from Austin, Texas. These guys are jumpy, jangly, ultra-catchy pop music sure to please Flying Nun or C86 fans. "Arab Spring," the debut LP from this Austin, TX is available now from Square of Opposition. So tune in this Sat April 21 on Cherry Blossom Clinic starting at 3pm to hear 2 incredible bands live: LITERATURE and the TRONICS!

T Valentine
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
In anticipation of his first ever NYC appearance, T Valentine will share candid revelations about his life and music career in an exclusive one on one interview with Rex. Learn the story behind T Val’s chart-topper “Hello, Lucille, Are You A Lesbian?” and the true identity of his muse, Betty Sue. Don’t miss the broadcast event of a lifetime!

Two Hours of Nick Lowe!
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Two hours of Nick Lowe and Nick Lowe related music – including part two of Michael’s chat with the man himself. We’ll discuss his 40+ year career and his current tour that brings him to New York’s Town Hall on April 25th.

"Put The Needle On The 420 Themed Records" live from the East Village's Good Records (Billy Jam fills in for Shut Up, Weirdo 6-7pm)
Friday, April 20th, 2012, 6pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the first of three in a row, live remote WFMU broadcasts from Lower Manhattan, Billy Jam will produce a special extended two-hour edition of "Put The Needle On The Record" out of East Village record shop Good Records in honor of both the unofficial cannabis holiday "420" (April 20th), and as a warm-up to Record Store Day (the following day Saturday April 21st). As well as spinning cannabis themed hip-hop music, the current legal status of medical marijuana in New York, New Jersey, and California will be discussed during this broadcast that is open to the public. Note the early start of this extended edition of "Put The Needle on the Record" (also filling in for "Shut Up Weirdo"); 6pm to 8pm on WFMU out of Good Records at 218 East 5th Street, NYC.

Crazy 45s Party!
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Norton Records Honcho Billy Miller recently alphabetized his thousands of 45s and came across some rockin' oddballs that haven't been heard on the airwaves since Eisenhower was in short pants. Billy drops by with those rare killers along with an exclusive preview of the new Esquerita album "Sinner Man."

Roadburn Recap 2012 - in Technicolor!
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane returns from the mighty Roadburn fest from Tilburg, Netherlands with stories to tell, pix to see and music to hear, and she's sharing! The lineup is massive: some highlights will be-Agalloch, Ancient VVisdom, Black Tusk, dIsembowelment, The Obsessed, OM, Sleep, Saviours, Tombs, Killing Joke, Voivod, Ulver... check the site in the meantime. The playlist will be accompanied by photos AND a blog post. Tune in to experience the festival the best way you can if you cannot be there! The entire 3 hours of the Fun Machine will be dedicated to coverage of the Roadburn Festival.

Emily Wells
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Underwater Theme Park with Meghan

On Emily Wells' tour to promote her new album "Mama", she swung by the studio on Easter to give a look into the magical musical world the creates on her own. She is not your typical traditional singer/songwriter type, she layers beats and melodies with vocals, guitars, synths, and live drums. Even proclaims her work area as her "space station". The loops of her violin with her hauntingly beautiful voice will make you say hallelujah!

Knuckleball! Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, with Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
In an era of bigger, faster, and stronger, the slow-moving but evasive knuckleball remains an anomaly in Major League Baseball. The new documentary Knuckleball! from directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (who also directed the acclaimed documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) explores one of the game's biggest mysteries, and the lives of the few men who have made a living throwing it. The fascinating story is told through copious archival footage and interviews with knuckleballers past and present, including Phil Niekro, Jim Bouton, Charlie Hough, current Mets star R.A. Dickey, and Tim Wakefield, who retired earlier this year after winning two World Championships with the Boston Red Sox.

Wakefield, along with directors Stern and Sundberg, will join Evan "Funk" Davies this Wednesday night at 10:30pm to discuss the documentary, which has its world premiere outdoors this coming Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series at the World Financial Center. (Get there early for knuckleball pitching clinics with R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield and Jim Bouton!) Visit for more info on Knuckleball!, and don't miss this special even-more-baseball-than-usual edition of The Evan "Funk" Davies Show!

Live from the UCB Theater with Billy Eichner, Leonard Kinsey and Gary War
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Joining Ken & Andy at NYC's UCB Theatre will be Billy Eichner, TV host of the comedy game show Funny or Die's Billy on the Street; Leonard Kinsey author of "Dark Side of Disney," & musical guest Gary War. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.

Nothing is Certain but Poetry & Taxes!
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Brainiacs celebrate Tax Freedom, Tax Protests, and Magical Anti-Tax Grammatical Constructions! Plus, the Thunk Tank Salute to National Poetry Month continues, as Listeners are cordially invited to phone in their favorite poems.

Bailey Shoemaker Richards of SPARK
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on Aerial View

Chris T. speaks with Bailey Shoemaker Richards of SPARK (Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge), a grassroots organization "...mobilizing around the clear and present danger that sexualization poses to girls and young women." about a petition speaking out against a new line of LEGO "LadyFigs" toys described as "Barbielicious".

Night Beats
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

With blazing guitar work and a razor sharp rhythm section, the Night Beats capture and modernize the hallucinogenic and exhilaratingly demonic aura of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Golden Dawn.

Danny Brown & Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnugitts
Monday, April 16th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper Danny Brown (Detroit, MI) and Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnugitts (Oakland, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

David Norka
Monday, April 16th, 2012, 3pm - 3:01pm
Jim Price's show
David Norka plays songs of thimbles, strings and the highway.

Perfume Genius
Monday, April 16th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Therese's show

Seattle’s Perfume Genius, AKA Mike Hadreas, stopped by to chat and play a few songs from his new release “Put Yr Back N 2 It” (Matador). Backed up by Alan Wyfels on keyboard and Eric Corson on percussion and guitar, Perfume Genius sat down at WFMU's old piano and filled the Love Room with gorgeous and soaring songs of heartbreak and its aftermath at once deeply personal and completely relatable. Check his Facebook page for upcoming West Coast and European tour dates.

CHIA's Dance Party
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

CHIA's Dance Party deftly fuses the music of traditional Colombian marching bands with jazz / improv, rock and lots more. Led by drummer / percussionist Martin Vejerano of New York's standout Colombian roots band La Cumbiamba, CHIA recently released an excellent debut CD, Miel. Tonight's debut FMU in-studio session is sanwiched between two outer borough gigs: Friday April 13th at Barbes in Brooklyn and Friday the 20th at Terraza Cafe in Queens.

Nick Lowe (Part 1)
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Nick Lowe, in the first of a two part interview, about his amazing career, new album & new tour that brings him to New York’s Town Hall on April 25th.

The Return of John Schnall's Midnight Matinee
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass welcomes the return of John Schnall's Midnight Matinee to the WFMU airwaves. Join John on Saturday, April 14, from 12 am - 1 am (popularly know as the Friday overnight) as he celebrates tax season with "Paris, Taxes." John will be live on the comments board during the hour so you can ask him where he gets his ideas from, who his influences are, and what his favorite color is.

Lushlife & DJ Cash Money
Friday, April 13th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Philadelphia hip-hop will be showcased on WFMU when Billy Jam will play selections from Philly's rich hip-hop history, interview legendary Philly DJ Cash Money, and host a live set by new Philadelphia hip-hop artist Lushlife.

The Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Mixathon
Friday, April 13th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Following on the four-month-long heels of the Miniature Minotaurs Monkathon, we celebrate the second Friday the 13th of 2012 with a call to arms for audio renditions of the "Friday the 13th" movies. Remix, react, reenact or otherwise realize the slasher classic and send your audio file or link to miniatureminotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com by 4/10.

Philippe Petit
Friday, April 13th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

In lieu of a live performance, or an in-the-flesh visit, which his touring schedule would not allow for, Philippe Petit has provided WFMU and My Castle of Quiet with a 26-minute, exclusive work, recorded at home on March 21. Philippe himself is a bold and eclectic composer / performer, using electronic and acoustic instrumentation, he's collaborated with Lydia Lunch, Cindytalk, Ron Anderson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and many others. This piece, "Philippe Petit plays Electric Psalterion processed into electronics," suits My Castle of Quiet's essence perfectly, with eerie vocals, oceans of noise, and processed percussion, amongst a whole host of less-recognizable sounds. With NYC shows at Vaudeville Park on 4/19, and May 4 at Theater Lab, Philippe graces our airwaves with some one-of-a-kind, special programming, the result of a chain of correspondence between the artist and Wm. Berger, which began in 2009, with the release of Philippe's Henry: The Iron Man. It's a great piece of music, a WFMU exclusive, and we proudly suggest that you not miss it.

Brendan Burke of Occupy Wall Street
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon
Brendan Burke, of the De-Escalation Team - Occupy Wall Street will join Clay Pigeon today.

The "I didn't get tickets to see Kraftwerk" Stay-at-home Party!
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
100% Whatever with Mary Wing
Legendary electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will be playing 8 consecutive nights at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in April. Were you one of the thousands of people who tried to buy tickets online on February 22nd and got totally shut out? Can’t afford the outrageous ticket scalpers’ prices? Ease the pain of missing these album-centric concerts by listening to Kraftwerk for 3 hours in the comfort of your own home on Thursday, April 12th! Join Mary Wing from midnight to 3 in the morning as she spins nothing but Kraftwerk tunes and questionable Kraftwerk covers. Robot dancing is strongly encouraged!

Interview with Kathryn Petras
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Interview with Kathryn Petras, co-author (with Ross Petras) of The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, just out from Workman Press. Tune in for a thoughtful discussion of found poetry, brother-sister writing teams, and celebrity stupidity, as once again the Brainiacs violate the false dichotomy between jokes and serious sh*t.

April is National Poetry Month, and Thunk Tank will be celebrating all month long with special weekly features and guests!

Tax Day is a week away!
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Howie Seligman, the Angry Accountant, joins Chris T. to take YOUR tax questions.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Brian welcomes a representative of Corwood Industries today, live in the WFMU Studios joined by a full acoustic/voice ensemble.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Lee Bains, last heard on the WFMU airwaves with the now retired Dexateens, debuts his new band, which manages to mix soul, country and the Stooges together for an original sound! Debut album 'There Is a Bomb In Gilead' coming soon on Alive Natural Sound. Proof that you don't need two drummers to play Southern rock!

Monday, April 9th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Budokan from Victoria, BC bring out some discs to guest DJ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Gail O'Hara of Chickfactor
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

The editrix and co-founder of Chickfactor magazine, a former print publication that can currently be found online, will celebrate two decades of championing independent popular music with songs and stories related to this month's ongoing Chickfactor 20: For the Love of Pop! festival. This 20th anniversary gala will present a stellar and comprehensive indie-pop array, with several surprise guests and reunited acts in attendance. The festival takes place in several U.S. cities, including the Washington D.C. area, Hoboken, Brooklyn, and Portland, Ore. (Venues, dates and lineups can be found here.)

McHuge Castanets with Hugh Hagerty filled-in for Keili
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 6am - 9am
McHuge Castanets

White Hills
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio

Psychedelia from outer space! Performing in Brooklyn on April 9th and NYC on April 10th, catch them here first! Heavy riffs and psychotic reactions abound as White Hills return to the WFMU airwaves to perform material from their new album, Frying On This Rock. Hidden brainwashing rayguns and ultrasonic mountain grills!

Beach Boy David Marks and Linda Ramone
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with David Marks an original member of The Beach Boys, who plays on the bands' first four albums, left the band in 1963, rejoined briefly in the 90's, and has recently rejoined the band for their 50th anniversary tour, which starts next month. We'll find out the details behind the reunion and how preparation for the world tour is going. Michael also chats with Linda Ramone, the widow of Johnny Ramone, about life with The Ramones, the bands' legacy, and the new book "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone."

Bill Baird
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Bill Baird is one of those hard-to-classify musicians we love here at WFMU. Comfortably drawing from folk, world, avant garde, and whatever else strikes his fancy, he has released albums of songs as well as blissful sound collage. He stopped by recently to record a set of songs which are accompanied by a long backing track, creating a prog/avant/folk piece in the process. We will also chat about his upcoming trip to India to be the sound guy for a film about Indian musicians.

The Fourth Annual All Covers Show Show with special guests the Happy Valley Band
Friday, April 6th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
For the first time in its rich history, the Annual Covers Show Show hits the airwaves with a live cover band! The Happy Valley Band is what happens when a computer discovers the Great American Songbook, tries its best to pick out the tunes by ear, then writes down what it hears and demands that human performers try to play it. Bandleader David Kant uses and abuses machine hearing technology and automated music transcription software to re-contextualize the voices of such American pop icons as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and James Brown with full band accompaniment.

Guest DJ Wills Glasspiegel + Chicago House/Juke Legend Traxman
Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Wills Glasspiegel is a sonic explorer and producer at Afropop Worldwide who has helped introduce us to a range of new hyper-rhythmic sounds. He's a force behind Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music from South Africa, as well as the stateside emergence of Sierra Leone's king of Bubu music Janka Nabay. He's produced features on House and Footwork music from his hometown of Chicago, and on the pioneering field recording archivist Hugh Tracey. Following up his 2008 visit to Rob W's Transpacific Sound Paradise, Wills swings by at 10:30 to spin lots of new exclusives.

At 11:30 we'll also be joined by Traxman, who drew upon Chicago's musical history to help revolutionize footwork music over the past two decades as a founder of the Geto DJz clique and a member of DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn's Ghetto Teknitianz. Traxman has been featured on the great Bangs & Works compilations, and Planet Mu is set to release his new album, Da Mind of Traxman.

Spoek Mathambo
Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Underwater Theme Park with Meghan

Johannesburg’s Spoek Mathambo makes the Afro-futurists look old school. With the arrival of his second album, Father Creeper, he’s one man building up an army to make his creative visions a reality, rewriting any artistic laws in his way. Is Africa the future? Maybe. Probably. Whatever the case, Africa is the now, and nobody is expressing that better than Spoek Mathambo. After coming up from SXSW, Spoek Mathambo does a quick tour of the east coast and parts of Canada. His show at SOB's was named a top show to go see by Time Out New York. Why not tune in and see what all the buzz is about?

Nude Beach (Deed Runlea fills in)
Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

Brooklyn pop punk rock n roll party heroes Nude Beach blast out a ripping set for your aural pleasure. Like if you mixed the Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, but made them a punk band headlining shows every other week at Death By Audio. Members of Chain Wallet, Guadalupe, Religious Knives, Pretty Wild, The Fish, Punks on Mars, and too many other bands. This is a not to be missed set for the die-hards and nubes alike, drawing heavily on their brand new album "Nude Beach II" out on Nude Beach Records, and we get to catch the band right after 11 days in the USA and Canada with The Men. This band is the soundtrack to the last Saturday night of the end of the world (January 15, 2012 if you're keeping track). Where will you be partying?

WFMU Bat Night at the UCB Theatre with Ken & Andy & Musical Guest Amy Allison
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Wednesday, April 4th, from 6pm - 7pm is Seven Second Delay Bat Night at NYC's UCB Theatre! This episode features comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond, Album producer extraordinaire Hal Wilner, Miss Seven Second Delay, Quinn Lemonte, and musical guest Amy Allison & WFMU Bat Night! The first 45 people through the UCB doors will receive a WFMU bat! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.

The Thunk Tank Haiku Challenge!
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Brainiacs battle for the title of Haiku Master Supreme! Listeners can suggest topics for haiku by calling in or posting on the comments board. If Bronwyn’s Gift o’ Gab fought Jay’s Way With Words, who would win? Tune in and see!

April is National Poetry Month, and Thunk Tank will be celebrating all month long with special weekly features and guests!

Australian double bill: feedtime + Twerps
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
Solid peers of other down-and-scuzzy Oz combos like Thug, King Snake Roost, Bloodloss and Grong Grong, Sydney's legendary feedtime ripped through the 1980's and certainly gave raw power to the seeds of Seattle (in fact Butch Vig produced the band's last LP way before Nirvana used him). While feedtime made some headway in the USA thanks to Rough Trade distribution, they disappeared seemingly right as their sound sprouted its heirs, and they even resurfaced for a short bit in the mid '90's. Fast forward to their next return in 2012: Sub Pop is about to issue a 4 disc box of the band's output called the Aberrant Years and feedtime tour the USA and hit Brian's show today! You can catch them also in the NYC area on March 29th at Death By Audio, March 31st at the Cake Shop, and April 1st at Maxwells. First and last ever NYC shows! Up next, fellow Australians Twerps arrive from Melbourne, touring America on the heels of their excellent self-titled debut on Chapter Music & Underwater Peoples labels. This quartet specializes in warm and infectious guitar pop, evoking the best moments of the Go-Betweens, Cannanes, and some of the Flying Nun New Zealand stable. They're on tour much of March and April, and you can see them in the NYC area on March 29th at 285 Kent in Brooklyn, and on the 30th at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan.

David Spaner
Monday, April 2nd, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with David Spaner author of "Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film"! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Adam Cohen
Monday, April 2nd, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The family resemblance is strong in Adam Cohen, evident from the first notes he sings on his new album, "Like a Man." His dad Leonard returned to performing a few years ago, spurring Adam to do likewise after a very long break. Disillusioned after three major label albums with a lukewarm reception, the younger Cohen took a five-year break to return with a new album reminiscent of is father's early, spare sound. Adam Cohen visits WFMU to play live.

Live Video Performance by VJ Steaknet
Monday, April 2nd, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Video artist and illustrator Sarah Haug (aka VJ Steaknet) visits from Geneva, Switzerland to provide some playful visuals to complement Liz's DJ mix. Tune in to the live video stream to take in Steaknet's dayglo characters and backdrops as they swoop and dance to the beat. With friends like the Das Andere Selbst label, you know this gal is gonna bring some cool art to the table! Don't miss this radio-as-a-visual-medium experience!

Speedy Ortiz
Sunday, April 1st, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh

Sunday, April 1st 6-9am on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili, alternative-guitar pop-indie-post-post-grunge quartet-rock-sex ed slay-snack food rock out of Northampton, Mass., Speedy Ortiz. Fronted by the coolest, smartest, hottest, Greasy-Kid-Raised-On-WFMU, Sadie Dupuis, they're bringin' hard pounding art rock that ain't no joke.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The irreverent upper Austrian drum & accordion (plus fx / loops) duo Attwenger began in the early 90s by performing thrash-punky versions of old Alpine polkas and other folk songs. Since the start, Attwenger has sung in the colloquial upper Austrian dialect (think Cockney, but based on German instead of English) - but now performs quirky originals incorporating a range of musical styles. Attwenger recently embarked on its first US tour ever, to support its 7th and newest CD Flux. This very one-of-a-kind combo makes its first NJ radio appearance tonight.

K-Doe Rides Again!
Saturday, March 31st, 2012, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Tune into Fool’s Paradise this Saturday 3/31 from 1-3 PM as Rex welcomes author Ben Sandmel down to the fur-line fallout shelter to discuss the newly published "Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor Of New Orleans" (The Historic New Orleans Collection). Hear plenty of K-Doe rarities, excerpts from his legendary '80s radio show on WWOZ and learn all about the K-Doe “I’m Cocky, But I’m Good” boxer shorts. Bring your own Dixie Beer!

Homeboy Sandman
Friday, March 30th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Thought provoking and refreshingly unique NYC emcee Homeboy Sandman will discuss such things as his many 2012 releases with his new hone - Stones Throw, his approach to writing, on feeling melancholy, and "the good rhyme energy" he gets from the Staten Island Ferry when he stops by Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam.

Guitars & Bullies
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. welcomes Rich Johnson of the NY Guitar Show & Expo and talks about how his love for all things guitar kept him strong through years of bullying. Then Comedian Susie Felber tell us how her bully ended up in jail!

DDDJJJ666 Presents Neue Deutsche Welle
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Portland club and radio DJ, record store co-owner, and record collector Thom Jones (aka "DDDJJJ666") as he fills in for Tony Coulter by spinning nothing but '80s Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave).

Cuddle Magic
Monday, March 26th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Cuddle Magic is an ensemble of up to 9 people making lush, whimsical songs in complex and unique arrangements. Their music is intimate and totally eclectic, with hints of folk, minimalism, and world music. Their 3rd record, Info Nympho, was recently released in part due to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Airborne Event is pleased to welcome them to WFMU for a live performance on March 26th.

Alice Bag
Monday, March 26th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Alice Bag from The Bags about her new book "Violence Girl!" Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Daniel Bachman
Monday, March 26th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Formerly performing as Sacred Harp, Daniel Bachman now has turned his talents to playing fingerstyle guitar with a wash of drones. Bachman recently transplanted himself from Fredricksburg to Philly, falling in comfortably with the thriving folk community there. He's just put out a new disc-- "Gray Black Green" and apparently is obsessed with The Civil War. Daniel Bachman makes the trek up to Jersey City to play live on WFMU.

No One and the Somebodies
Sunday, March 25th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh

Sunday, March 25th 6-9am, Keili hosts the long-awaited, much anticipated live session with those boys from the Bronx who everybody loves, No One And The Somebodies! You saw them in diapers during the marathon. You've been hearing them since her listener hour. They make politics in music fun with their mix of found noise, prog-punk, jazz-rock... actually, all the things Keili can't stand, and turn them into something delicious that goes down like a Negativland, Gang of Four and cough syrup cocktail with a twist of Can.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio

Brooklyn noise rock quartet screech and buzz into spring! Former members of Print and The Drayton Sawyer Gang bring their very loud, cacophonous songs to WFMU for the first time. The paint will peel right off the walls.

Erlend Viken
Saturday, March 24th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Erlend Viken, award-winning violinist and virtuoso on Norway's national instrument, the hardanger fiddle, stops by for a live solo session and interview. The hardanger is like a standard violin but in addition to the usual four strings there are four or five "sympathetic" strings that vibrate to give the instrument a haunting echo-like sound. Erlen plays in various bands including the hardanger duo Aslak & Erlend and the bluegrass outfit Early Bird String Band, two-time nominees for the Spellemann award - Norway's equivalent to the Grammy.

Mike Hill of Tombs
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Mike Hill, guitarist and founder of Brooklyn natives: Tombs, will be guest DJing on the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine. Their most recent record, "Path of Totality," was voted #1 on Decibel Magazine's best of 2011 list, and topped many other year-end lists as well. Tombs is just about to head out on tour, Diane will catch up with Mike on their movements. Mike has been contributing content to WFMU since 2000, starting with his live appearance with the band Anodyne. Mike's appearance Thursday starts at 1pm. Tune in at Noon to hear the entire program- which might very likely include some Tombs tracks!

Oneohtrix Point Never
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Experimental musician Daniel Lopatin -- better known as Oneohtrix Point Never -- will guest on DJ Rupture's Mudd Up, to play music and discuss synthesizers, slowness, VHS in the era of YouTube, co-running the Software label, and more.

Ken & Andy @ UCB Theatre with Gary Panter, Jay Rosen & More
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the stage of NYC's UCB Theatre this Wednesday, March 21st from 6-7 pm for another live on-stage broadcast. Joining Ken and Andy will be legendary cartoonist Gary Panter, media critic Jay Rosen, ventriloquist Carla Rhodes, and musical guest Sore Eros! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.

Chris Interviews Sujay from Soundtap
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Is WFMU the best Non-Commercial Station in the World? Of course, our listeners think so. But a March Madness-style contest seeks to answer that very question definitively. Join Chris T. as he interviews Sujay from Soundtap, a "crowd-sourced, show-specific way to enjoy independent radio."

Lee Ranaldo
Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Despite a vast history of production, poetry, writing, photography, and of course helping re-invent the modern approach to electric guitar chronicled under his belt, Sonic Youth guitarist and co-founder Lee Ranaldo has yet to release a solo album of his songs in a rock band context until now. His brand new Matador release "Between the Time and Tides" comes out March 20th, and on this day Lee visits Brian Turner's show to blast through what's sure to be an amazing set of new songs and probably some surprises as well. His live band, which features Alan Licht, Irwin Menken, and longtime SY drummer cohort Steve Shelley, has been playing around NYC since October's debut at the Bell House. Not only do they evoke Lee's finest moments and songcraft from his contributions to Sonic Youth, but also can be said to further feed his pure classic rock jones via the likes of Crazy Horse and Television. Not to be missed!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi queens THEESatisfaction will be performing on the the WFMU airwaves March 20, on This is the Modern World with Trouble. Catapulted into the limelight through their vocal work with Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction bring positive vibes wherever they go. Tune in around 11:00 am to be amazed.

Matt Keating
Monday, March 19th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Back in the 1970's a string of unusually introspective, melancholic songwriters had their day in the sun-- people like David Ackles and Tim Hardin--- and Matt Keating is a modern-day practitioner of that fine tradition. Straddling the line between Americana and pop, Keating has just released "Wrong Way Home," his 10th collection of catchy story-songs. Matt Keating drops by WFMU to play live.

Postcard Records: The Sound of Young Scotland, Plus
Sunday, March 18th, 2012, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Join Gaylord Fields and his fellow WFMU DJ Faye as they explore in words and music the British indie scene of the early 1980 — with a concentrated emphasis on Alan Horne’s short-lived yet legendary Glasgow music label Postcard Records. The focal point of this momentous radio event will certainly be the airing of the entire Postcard 45 discography, with all but one single coming from the personal collection of Mr. Fields. The remainder of the program will be supplemented with other songs of significance emanating from that epoch, as well as spirited conversation between the two presenters — one of whom was yet to be born when these records changed the musical landscape more than 30 years ago.

WFMU Broadcasts live from Beerland in Austin, TX!
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 9pm - 3am
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
WFMU is returning once again for a show in Austin, Texas, broadcasting live from Beerland (711.5 Red River) on Saturday, March 17th starting at 9pm ET! Join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Jason Sigal with six bands in a big ol' Tex-mess of a bill, some of which we must keep under wraps (for now). We can tell you that we'll be broadcasting a reunion gig of Ohio's legendary Death of Samantha (featuring Guided By Voices/Cobra Verde vets Doug Gillard and John Petkovic) plus a super-rare show from woodsy New England psychedelicists The Supreme Dicks (whose entire discography was out in a Jagjaguwar label box set this year). Stay tuned to WFMU, our homepage news and our Facebook event page for more, full event announcement soon!

Shanren, Folk Rock from China
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Shanren - the "Mountain Men" - blend the traditions of mountainous southwest China with rock, reggae and ska. The four-piece combines guitar, bass and drums with traditional folk instruments of China's Yi ethnic minority. Now on a very grassroots self-funded debut North American tour, Shanren makes its NJ club debut Tuesday March 20 at the Saint in Asbury Park. But you'll hear Shanren's first ever Garden State appearance right here on FMU. And if you like what you hear - no need to wait - thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the band will hightail it from FMU to Ran Tea House in Williamsburg for an 8 pm set immediately after the radio session.

Mike Doughty
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with singer/songwriter, former leader of Soul Coughing (& former Knitting Factory doorman), Mike Doughty about his new album “Yes and Also Yes”, and his new book "The Book of Drugs: A Memoir" in which he recounts his battles with addiction, the music business & the even weirder world of recovery.

Put the Needle On The Irish Hip-Hop Record
Friday, March 16th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
On the eve of Saint Patrick's Day WFMU's resident Irish DJ, Billy Jam will present an Irish hip-hop themed edition of this week's "Put The Needle On The Record," Friday March 16th at 7pm

Conrad Schnitzler tribute
Friday, March 16th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Bryce's show
This Friday, March 16th from Noon-3PM, tune in as for an afternoon of celebrating the life and music of important & prolific German composer Conrad Schnitzler. His long-time friend & collaborator "Gen" Ken Montgomery, will be dropping by Bryce's show with a leaky steamer trunk of rare cassettes and soundtracks to drizzle over the air. Gen Ken will perform Schnitzler's 5.5.85, an 8-channel "Cassette CONcert" Sat., Mar. 17, 8PM, at Harvestworks -- 596 Broadway #602, NYC.

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